Persian Voices: End of The Game

The soldiers

Passed by, shattered,

Weary

On scrawny horses,

Faded rags of ousted pride

Upon their spears.

 

What do you gain

Boasting

To the world

When

Every particle of dust on your cursed path damns you?

—Shamloo, End of The Game

 

Shāmlū, Ahmad., Papan-Matin, Firoozeh. translated by, Land, Arthur. (2005). The love poems of Ahmad Shamlu. Bethesda, Mar.: IBEX Publishers, p.183.